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Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Winter Thoughts on a Truitt Summer

Today’s post comes from Deb Steinberg, class of 2014 and Art Center Docent. Anne Truitt’s Sorcerer’s Summer (1991) is an abstract, modern sculpture that develops a visual intensity through its bold planes of color and precise rectilinear form. From across the gallery, the wooden sculpture appears very simple and solid, characterized by its crisp right angles...
Uncovering The Four Ages of Man

Uncovering The Four Ages of Man

Today’s post comes from Rhyston Mays, class of 2016 and Multimedia Student Assistant. Valentin de Boulogne’s The Four Ages of Man (1629) hangs on the Art Center’s walls among other works from the seventeenth century. The first time I came across Valentin’s painting, I was not particularly intrigued. His style was familiar, like that of Michelangelo...
Piecing Together Parts of the Whole: Dawn's Wedding Feast Columns

Piecing Together Parts of the Whole: Dawn’s Wedding Feast Columns

Today’s post comes from Olivia Zisman, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. When I walk through the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s 20th Century gallery, Louise Nevelson’s Dawn’s Wedding Feast Columns always draw my attention. The monochromatic white sculptures seem to have an almost ethereal, otherworldly quality, standing enigmatically side-by-side and larger than life. The...
Angelic Gesture

Angelic Gesture

Today’s post comes from Justine Paradis, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Barbara Hepworth’s Maquette for Winged Figure (c. 1940–1) was created, as the title suggests, as a preliminary model for a larger sculpture that was eventually installed on the second story exterior of the John Lewis Building on Oxford Street in London. The...
Accessing the Subconscious: The Lady Hears a Nightingale

Accessing the Subconscious: The Lady Hears a Nightingale

Today’s post comes from Sophie Asakura, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. In Max Ernst’s 1940s work The Lady Hears a Nightingale, sticky, spidery forms of green algal growth seem to blanket the composition. The growth creeps across the canvas, permeated subtly by a cubist figure. The figure is loosely human, with arms and...
A Hidden Treasure

A Hidden Treasure

Today’s post comes from Alison Dillulio, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Unknown [Japanese Mid-to-late Edo period (1615-1868)], Inkstone Box (Suzuribako) with Eight Views of Omi (Omi-hakkei). Wood coated with lacquer and gold. Purchase, Pratt Fund. 2008.21. The suzuribako is one of many Asian art objects in Vassar’s Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center collection. It is not currently on view.[1]...
Elaine and Willem de Kooning: Seeing a Similar World in Dissimilar Ways

Elaine and Willem de Kooning: Seeing a Similar World in Dissimilar Ways

Today’s post comes from Angela Brown, class of 2016 and Art Center Student Docent. Hanging side by side, Man in a Whirl by Elaine de Kooning and Black and White Rome F by Willem de Kooning seem to be very different characters in the same complex story.  One could say that this “story” is that of...
Munch in Paris

Munch in Paris

Today’s post comes from Erin Gallagher, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent.   Permeated by the dusky blue palette of nighttime Paris and an overriding sense of lonely isolation, the subtle scene of The Seine at St. Cloud evokes a melancholic sentiment from the back wall of the nineteenth century gallery in the Frances Lehman...
Idealized Reality in Ancient Rome

Idealized Reality in Ancient Rome

Today’s post comes from Stephanie Muir, class of 2015. One of many classical works in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s collection, the Funerary Relief of Attia Rufilla reveals much about both artistic traditions and societal ideals prevalent within Ancient Rome. The head and neck, sculpted in extremely high relief, reflect the subject’s physical likeness and...
Opening Night of "Nature in America"

Opening Night of “Nature in America”

Today’s post comes from Erin Gallagher, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. Friday, June 29, was the opening of the exhibition, “Nature in America: Taming the Landscape.” The night began with the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings, Patricia Phagan, as she lead a well attended...
Stella in the Sculpture Garden

Stella in the Sculpture Garden

Today’s post comes from Erin Gallagher, class of 2013 and Art Center Student Docent. The stainless steel sculpture Etang d’ambach by Frank Stella is one of many compelling works now on display in the Art Center’s newly re-designed Sculpture Garden. In this 1992 sculpture, Stella—known for his bold, anti-illusionistic paintings—moves away from the minimalist aesthetic, departing...
Reading the Open Missal

Reading the Open Missal

Today’s post comes from Joe Brichacek, Class of 2012 and Art Center Student Docent. The Open Missal has long been a favorite in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s collection. It is both stunningly realistic and highly symbolic. Indeed, the more time you spend with the work, the more details you find, and the more insight...

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